Useful Links

Associations and societies are able to provide educational support and guidance to healthcare professionals specific to the country or region for which they serve. The links below will take you to sites outside the COPD Knowledge Centre where you can further your knowledge of the treatment and management options available. 

National societies

  • American Association of Respiratory Care

    Containing links to several articles with advice on living and coping with COPD and other lung conditions, the American Association of Respiratory Care lung health site makes a useful resources for healthcare professionals and patients alike.

  • American College of Chest Physicians

    With the aim to promote the prevention and treatment of diseases of the chest, the American College of Chest Physicians are the leading resource for cardiopulmonary health and critical care worldwide. Healthcare professionals can gain access to publications, treatment guidelines and resources.

  • American Medical Association

    America’s leading organization for the promotion of professionalism in medicine, setting standards for medical education and ethics, and advancing improvements in public health.

  • American Thoracic Society

    Dedicated to advancing the clinical and scientific understanding of pulmonary diseases has lead to the American Thoracic Society gaining a reputation as one of the world’s leading medical association.

  • British Lung Foundation

    A British charity that focuses its efforts on supporting all those affected by lung disease through raising funds for research and patient helplines and assessment days throughout the UK.

  • British Thoracic Society

    The British Thoracic Society is focused on working towards promoting optimum standards of care and advancing knowledge across all areas of respiratory disease.

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

    The American National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute provides global leadership for a research, training and education programmes promoting the prevention and treatment of heart, lung and blood diseases, enhancing the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.


  • International societies

    • Asociación Latino Americana de Tórax

      This non-profit organization that supports respiratory research, education and training in Latin America. As such this site is only available in Spanish. The organization provides support to patients suffering from respiratory disease and helps raise awareness of these conditions.

    • Asian Pacific Society of Respirology

      Promoting the advancement of respiratory knowledge through research, improved clinical practice, conferences and awareness of pulmonary health problems in the Asia Pacific region, the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology site is a key resource for healthcare professionals in the region.

    • European COPD Coalition (ECC)

      The mission of the European COPD Coalition is to raise awareness on COPD and to find ways to reduce the burden of the disease through collective action and advocacy, developing and implementing a comprehensive EU public health policy on COPD by being a key facilitator of health policy initiatives.

    • European Respiratory Society

      The European Respiratory Society aims to alleviate suffering from respiratory disease and to promote lung health through research, knowledge sharing, and medical and public education.

    • International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG)

      The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is a clinically-led charitable organisation with the prime mission of carrying out and promoting research into the care, treatment and prevention of respiratory diseases and tobacco dependence in the community.

    • The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA)

      Our vision is for all people with allergy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Europe to live uncompromised lives, have the right and access to best quality care, participate in their care and to have a safe environment.


    • Other useful websites

      • COPD Foundation

        The COPD foundation aims to develop and support programs which improve quality of life for patients affected by COPD through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy. The site includes links to the COPD information line and COPD Glossary.

      • Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

        GOLD works with health care professionals and public health officials to raise awareness of COPD and to improve prevention and treatment of this lung disease for patients around the world.

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